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Important issues in the upcoming 87th Legislative Session

by Michael A Evans, Jr. on January 6, 2021 in News

Our political engagement extends far beyond the voting booth, and now the real work is about to begin.

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Restore Hope Ethiopia provides clean water and discipleship to villages

by Alejandra Verastegui on November 30, 2020 in Hunger Offering

Have you ever lived in a city that has given a boil-water notice? Have you ever noticed that the taste of your tap water has changed? You might think it's odd to notice the taste of water or that there would be a boil-water notice in the United States. But during July of 2020, the city of Laredo, TX had to advise citizens living along highway 359 to boil their water due to low chlorine levels.

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God provides through the Hunger Offering to help victims of human trafficking

by Alex Verastegui on November 2, 2020 in Hunger Offering

As Christians, we have a duty to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God (Micah 6:8).

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Grains of hope

by Alejandra Verastegui on October 1, 2020 in Hunger Offering

God’s purpose and work continue to move through the hearts and hands of His people.

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Hunger Offering ministry partners spring into action to meet immediate needs

by Katie Frugé on March 24, 2020 in News

As thousands across the state suddenly find themselves in need of extra assistance for basic necessities, TBHO hunger ministries are rising to the occasion, finding new and creative ways to serve their community.

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Los colaboradores con el ministerio de la Ofrenda contra el Hambre ponen manos a la obra

by Katie Frugé on March 24, 2020 in COVID-19

En la medida que miles en todos los estados inesperadamente se encuentran en necesidad de ayuda adicional para satisfacer sus necesidades básicas, los ministerios de TBHO se ponen a la altura de las circunstancias y encuentran maneras nuevas y creativas para servir a sus comunidades.

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Texas Baptist leaders take part in Texas Rally for Life programs

by Kalie Lowrie on January 28, 2020 in News

“We believe in and we support with all of our hearts, life.”

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The 86th Legislative Session in Review

by Kathryn Freeman on July 19, 2019 in CLC

The 86th Legislative Session has ended and most lawmakers have returned home. Here is a recap of some of their legislative accomplishments and failures of key legislation related to the 2018-2019 CLC legislative priorities.

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CLC releases new resource on alcohol and drug use

by Ferrell Foster on July 18, 2019 in CLC

To help Christians and churches better understand what the Bible says on both alcohol and illegal drug use, the Christian Life Commission has compiled a new resource. It is a six-page document titled "On Alcohol & Drug Use: A Biblical Perspective." (It does not deal with prescription drug abuse; we hope to do something soon on that subject.)

In American culture alcohol use is common. Advertising associates drinking with good times, parties, and beautiful people. It may not, however, be as widely consumed as sometimes perceived. The 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health said 70.1 percent of people reported they drank alcoholic beverages in the past year; 56.0 percent reported that they drank in the past month. That's most Americans, but almost half of Americans steered clear of alcohol over the previous month.

Still, the negative consequences of alcohol abuse are staggering. According the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, here are some of the stats:

  • An estimated 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States. The first is tobacco, and the second is poor diet and physical inactivity.
  • In 2014, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities accounted for 9,967 deaths (31 percent of overall driving fatalities).
  • In 2010, alcohol misuse cost the United States $249.0 billion.
  • Three-quarters of the total cost of alcohol misuse is related to binge drinking.
  • More than 10 percent of U.S. children live with a parent with alcohol problems.
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Kathryn Freeman leaving CLC after five years of service

by Gus Reyes on July 18, 2019 in CLC

It is with both sadness and excitement that I write to let you know we are losing a valued employee of the past five years -- Kathryn Freeman.

Kathryn will be leaving our staff the end of July in order to pursue her Master of Divinity degree full time at Baylor University's Truett Seminary. She also will be working with Truett.

Kathryn has led our public policy efforts since joining us in August 2014. She came to us as a practicing attorney with legislative staff experience, and she used her experience and abilities to further Texas Baptists's work in Austin. Kathryn especially brought a Matthew 25 emphasis on caring for "the least of these" through her policy work. The CLC has seen great success in advancing policy initiatives and blocking ill-conceived policy proposals.

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